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International Consultant - Gender in Humanitarian Action Expert
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Application Deadline :||06-Oct-15 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Crisis Response|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||20 weeks|
Terms of Reference
Update of the IASC Publication
Women, Girls, Boys and Men - Different Needs, Equal Opportunities (the Gender Handbook in Humanitarian Action)
UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.
UN Women is committed to the achievement of equality between women, men, boys and girls as partners and beneficiaries of humanitarian action. In October 2012, UN Women established its Gender and Humanitarian Action Unit to consolidate its advocacy, coordination and capacity development role for the integration of gender equality across humanitarian action. This includes disaster risk reduction with a focus on prevention, mitigation and preparedness, humanitarian response and early recovery.
With continued population growth, urbanization, stretched natural resources, protracted conflict and the impact of climate change becoming more apparent, the number of humanitarian crises will continue to grow, as will the numbers of beneficiaries requiring humanitarian assistance.
But the impact of these crises on this increasing number of beneficiaries will not be uniform. In any humanitarian crisis, the needs and vulnerabilities of women, men, girls and boys are distinct and often different. Women and girls, in particular, can find themselves marginalised when it comes to accessing available humanitarian services and they are often excluded from the decision making processes that shape the response strategies that will affect their ability to recover from the ongoing crisis.
As such, it is essential that gender equality and women’s empowerment are adequately integrated into all phases of humanitarian action – including preparedness, assessment, analysis, planning and implementation – to ensure that the needs and vulnerabilities of ALL members of a crisis affected population are identified and addressed.
Recognizing this, the Inter-Agency Steering Committee (IASC) - the primary mechanism for inter-agency coordination of humanitarian assistance - in its 2008 Gender Equality Policy Statement states that it is the responsibility of the field-level humanitarian coordination system – including the Humanitarian Coordinator, the Humanitarian Coordination Team and the Clusters, as well as the IASC member implementing agencies – to ensure that gender equality is a key facet to all humanitarian planning and response interventions.
To this end, one of the major tools developed to provide guidance on implementing gender-integrated humanitarian action was the IASC’s publication Women, Girls, Boys and Men - Different Needs, Equal Opportunities (the Gender Handbook in Humanitarian Action). The Handbook was developed in conjunction with the UN and non-UN membership agencies of the IASC to provide an overview of the principles of gender equality and women’s empowerment in humanitarian action. It also gives practical guidance on how to integrate those principles into key humanitarian services – including education, shelter, camp management, food, health, non-food items (NFI), livelihoods, and water and sanitation (WASH). As such, it has proved an excellent knowledge resource for humanitarian practitioners who may not necessarily have specific expertise in gender-equality humanitarian programming.
However, since the Handbook was published in 2006, it predates the IASC’s more recent humanitarian reform and Transformative Agenda processes. As such, they do not reflect the current iteration of the Cluster System, the Gender Marker, the Humanitarian Programme Cycle and other important advances in humanitarian coordination, leadership, accountability and partnership.
Duties and Responsibilities
As members of the IASC’s Gender in Humanitarian Action Reference Group (GRG), UN Women and Oxfam are taking the lead in the process of updating the handbook to reflect the current humanitarian system and landscape. To this end, they are looking to commission a consultant to facilitate the process towards completing this revision, consolidating the inputs received from relevant stakeholders and drafting the updated text, as well as new content.
This process will complement the recently completed revision of the IASC’s Guidelines for GBV Interventions in Humanitarian Settings which were originally published in 2005.
If the systematic integration of gender equality and women’s empowerment is to be achieved in the planning and implementation of humanitarian response and recovery, the cadre of humanitarian practitioners need to have access to the most up to date information and examples of best practice to help guide their decision making processes.
As such, there are a number of key aspects to the handbook that need to be reviewed and revised as necessary:
The legislative and policy framework on gender equality and women’s empowerment in humanitarian action.
Update with key policy developments since the original publication – including:
Humanitarian and recovery assessment and planning:
The humanitarian coordination system:
Ensuring the representation, participation and leadership of women and girls in humanitarian and recovery assessment, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
Guidance on a cluster by cluster basis
Based on the existing Cluster system, develop guidance chapters to include:
In addition, the consultant will develop a roll out and implementation plan for the revised guidelines once completed, including:
The update process will require collaboration and consultation with – as well as final endorsement - from a number of key stakeholders. These will include:
Based on the above description, the consultant will produce the following outputs:
Together with the recently completed revision of the IASC’s Guidelines for GBV Interventions in Humanitarian Settings, the update of the Gender Handbook in Humanitarian Action will provide the humanitarian system with indispensable tools to ensure that GEWE and GBV protection and prevention are adequately integrated into the assessment, planning and implementation of humanitarian response and early recovery strategies.
Cultural Sensitivity/Valuing diversity:
Ethics and Values:
Self-management and Emotional intelligence:
Knowledge Sharing / Continuous Learning:
Required Skills and Experience
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.